18 days in Namibia Itinerary

18 days in Namibia Itinerary

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18 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Windhoek
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hentiesbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Damaraland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Swakopmund
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Otjiwarongo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
7
Ais-Ais
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Sesriem
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Windhoek

Windhoek ©
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Get outdoors at Deadvlei and Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, look for gifts at The Diamond Works, and tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Windhoek is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Windhoek, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hentiesbaai.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

1
night
Hentiesbaai

Hentiesbaai ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Zeila Shipwreck.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hentiesbaai online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Hentiesbaai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Damaraland.

Things to do in Hentiesbaai

Historic Sites
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Zeila Shipwreck ©
Zeila Shipwreck

2
nights
Damaraland

Damaraland ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Messum Crater.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Damaraland sightseeing planner.

Drive from Hentiesbaai to Damaraland in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Damaraland

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Messum Crater
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Messum Crater ©
Messum Crater
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein

4
nights
Swakopmund

Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Long Beach Leisure Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Welwitschia Plains, admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus, and take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Swakopmund online route builder .

Traveling by car from Damaraland to Swakopmund takes 3 hours. December in Swakopmund sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Otjiwarongo

Otjiwarongo ©
When touring Namibia's famous national parks and reserves, you can opt to base your trip in Otjiwarongo, a laid-back town boasting a number of attractions of its own.
On the 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust and then stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund. On your second day here, stroll through Africat.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Otjiwarongo trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Otjiwarongo takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Swakopmund in December, with highs in Otjiwarongo at 39°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Wildlife Parks
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust ©
Africat ©
Africat

1
night
Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park ©
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha Pan and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

Plan my day in Etosha National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Otjiwarongo to Etosha National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ais-Ais.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Etosha ©
Etosha

1
day
Ais-Ais

Ais-Ais ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ais-Ais tour builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Etosha National Park to Ais-Ais. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sesriem.

Things to do in Ais-Ais

Nature Parks
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Fish River Canyon ©
Fish River Canyon

3
nights
Sesriem

Sesriem ©
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. On the 4th (Sat), admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune and then explore the fascinating landscape at Sossusvlei. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes and then explore the fascinating landscape at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sesriem trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ais-Ais to Sesriem by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. On the 6th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Namib-Naukluft Park
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Sossusvlei ©
Sossusvlei
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Big Daddy Dune ©
Big Daddy Dune

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